Pafos is one of the most important centres of ancient civilisation in the Mediterranean.
The whole town of Pafos, which was the ancient capital of Cyprus, is included in the official UNESCO World Heritage list. Pafos was the island’s capital for six centuries.
Pafos Archaeological Museum
Griva Digeni 43, Paphos
Tel: +357 26306215
All the year round
Saturday and Sunday closed
The archaeological Museum of Pafos houses an impressive collection of Cypriot antiquities dating from the Neolithic Age to 1700 AD.
The exhibits, originating mainly from Palepafos (Kouklia), Nea Pafos (present day Pafos) and Marion-Arsinoe (Polis), are supplemented by finds from Pegeia, Kisonerga, Lempa, Pano Arodes, Salamiou, Akourdalia, Pomos, Kidasi and Geroskipou.
Five rooms showcase fascinating exhibits dating from the Neolithic era to the Middle Ages. The first room houses exhibits from the Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Bronze Age, including coins minted in Pafos.
The second room has exhibits from the Iron Age and Classical period, including a tombstone from Marion with Cyprosyllabic script.
In the third room there are exhibits from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Notable are a marble statue of Asklepios and a marble bust of Aphrodite.
The fourth room hosts exhibits from the late Roman and early Christian periods, while in the recently added fifth room are items from the Byzantine Period and the Middle Ages.
Geroskipou – Folkloric Museum
3 km (2 miles) east of Pafos
Tel: +357 26306216
Winter hours (16th September – 15th April): 8.30 – 16.00
Summer hours (16th April – 15th September): 9.30 – 17.00
The name of Yeroskipou village comes from the Greek phrase “Ieros Kipos” (sacred garden).
The museum houses a fascinating collection of folk art and craft exhibited in a beautiful traditional house.
Polis Archaeological Museum Marion / Arsinoe
26 Leoforos Makariou III Str.,
Polis, 35 km (22 miles) from Pafos
Tel: +357 26 32 29 55
Monday -Friday:: 8.00-16.00
Saturday: 9.00 – 15.00
The Museum of Marion – Arsinoe in Polis opened its doors to the public in 1998. The Museum consists of three exhibition spaces. The exhibits in Room I, named after one of the museum’s benefactors, Nicos Shacolas, derive from an extensive area around Polis and are chronologically arranged so as to portray its historical development from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic eras to the Medieval period.
In Room II exhibits come from the rich necropolis of the area with special reference to the location and excavation of the cemeteries. According to ancient literary sources recorded by Stephanos Vyzantios, the city of Marion was founded by King Marieas. On present evidence Marion had already been inhabited at the end of the Neolithic and throughout the Chalcolithic period. It began to prosper from the Cypro-Archaic period onwards and became one of the most important ancient Cypriot city-kingdoms in the Cypro-Classical period with important commercial relations with the East Aegean islands, Attica and Corinth.
Kouklia village, 14 km (9 miles) east of Pafos
Tel: +357 26 43 21 80
Winter hours (16th September – 15th April):
Monday-Sunday: 8.30 – 17.00
Summer hours (16th April – 15th September):
Monday-Sunday:8.30 – 19.30
Entrance: €4.50 (the price includes entry to Palaipafos archaeological site)
Palaipafos, (Old Pafos) was one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centres of the ancient Greek world, and once a city-kingdom of Cyprus. Here stood the famous sanctuary of Aphrodite, the most ancient remains of which date back to the 12th century BC. The glory days of the sanctuary lasted until the 3rd-4th century. The museum, housed in the Lusignan Manor, contains many interesting finds from the area, and excavations continue on the site of the sanctuary, the city and the necropolis.
Makariou III Ave, Yeroskipou
Tel: +357 26 2712221
Pafos Archibishop’s Residence, Agiou Theodorou street, Pafos.
An attractive collection of objects from the Byzantine period, including Byzantine icons from the 7th to 18th centuries, including the oldest icon yet found in Cyprus dating to the 7th or 8th century.
The Byzantine Museum of Pafos lies within the precincts of the Pafos Bishopric. It houses a great number of Byzantine icons, ranging mainly from the 12th to the 19th centuries, collected from churches and monasteries in the district of Pafos. These icons express the religious faith of the Pafians during the Byzantine era and inform present day visitors of the high artistic quality of those times. The oldest icon, that of the Virgin Eleousa, from the church of the Monastery of Agios Savvas tis Karonos, dates to about 1200 A.D. and is an exquisite example of Byzantine art.
The Byzantine Museum also contains liturgical books, firmans, manuscripts, woodcarvings, crosses, silverware and priests’ robes.
Pafos Ethnographical Museum
1 Exo Vrisis Street
Tel: +357 26932010
Interesting private collection of objects from the Neolithic Age to the present day.
This is a private ethnographic museum belonging to the Eliades family, which was known until 1971 as a Folk Art Museum. It consists of the collection of the late George Eliades, an intellectual with an interest in archaeology, history, folk art and literature, who for over half a century collected art treasures from the Cyprus countryside, particularly from his native Pafos district.
Components of both the physical and man-made environment, like natural caves, a Hellenistic rock-cut tomb, a terebinth tree and architecture dating back to 1894 as well as a kiosk, have been incorporated into the museum.
Exhibits include costumes, particularly rural costumes and accessories, traditional carved wooden furniture, farming tools, kitchen utensils, clay artefacts, looms and woven articles, as well as archaeological finds, mainly from the Chalcolithic period.
Maa-Palaiokastro (Coral Bay)
Tel: +357 97883968
Winter hours (16/9 – 15/4)
Monday-Friday: 08.30 – 16:00
Summer hours (16/4-15/9)
Monday – Friday: 09.30 – 17:00
This is where the first ancient (Mycenaean) Greeks settled. They emigrated to Cyprus around 1200 BC after the fall of the Mycenaean Kingdoms in mainland Greece. This is where Hellenism on the island originated.
The little museum with its unusual architecture is the work of Andrea Bruno, Professor at the University of Turin and one of Europe’s greatest architects. The Museum depicts the colonisation of Cyprus by the Mycenaean Greeks.
Byzantine Museum of Arsinoe
c/o Bishopric of Arsinoe, Polis, Pafos district
Peristerona village, 9 km (6 miles) south of Polis, Pafos district
Tel: +357 26 35 25 15
Monday-Friday: 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-18:00
An attractive collection of objects from the Byzantine period, including Byzantine icons from the 13th to 19th centuries, as well as wood carved ecclesiastical items, local and imported silver and metal artefacts and textiles. Rare books and manuscripts are also on display.
Fiti village Weaving Museum
c/o Mrs Mavrelli
Tel: +357 26 73 21 26
May-October: Monday-Saturday: 08:00-12:00 & 14:00-17:00
November-April: Monday-Saturday: 09:00-12:00 & 13:00-15:00
Fyti village has been known for its own special style of weaving since medieval times. The textiles made in the village are known as “Fythkiotika” and significant for their variety of design and rich colours. Examples of such textiles are exhibited in the museum where you can also see how they are made.
Inia village Basket Weaving Museum
c/o Mrs Georgia Manolis
Tel: +357 26 33 25 62
Monday-Friday: 11-00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00
Inia has spectacular views over the Akamas peninsula and is perfect for walks in the countryside.
The local museum houses a collection of basketry.
Kato Akourdaleia Folk Art Museum
Tel:+357 26 30 62 16
Monday-Friday: 08:00- 14:30
This museum has examples of local folk art and crafts.
House of Archbishop Makarios III
This is the birthplace of Archbishop Makarios, the first president of the Republic of Cyprus.
His humble house has been converted into a museum.